Immigration Update: Ongoing difficulties with the booking of premium service appointments

8 March 2012

We recently notified you of the reinstatement of the representative slots at the Public Enquiry Office in Croydon for the same day processing of applications.  Unfortunately, difficulties remain in securing appointments as slots are currently booked up until May.  This is due to the reduction in the number of biometric appointment slots per week combined with the high volume of applicants.

At the present time representative appointments need to be booked 6 weeks in advance and even then there is no guarantee that a slot will be available, as these are allocated on a first come first served basis.  For those migrants who cannot relinquish their passport for postal processing, (which is currently taking up to seven weeks) they are forced to travel to the Public Enquiry offices in Liverpool, Sheffield, Cardiff and Belfast in order to have their applications processed on a same day basis.  Kingsley Napley will be meeting with UK Border Agency officials on 16 March to try and gain some clarity as the current situation is unacceptable and damaging to business. 

Requests for additional documentary evidence from the UK Border Agency

Following the submission of a request for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship, sponsors are now receiving e-mails from the UK Border Agency requesting additional information.  This suggests that it is now standard practice for the Border Agency to check that the Sponsor has complied with advertising requirements in accordance with its guidelines, that the prospective migrant worker is paid the “going rate” in accordance with the chosen Code of Practice and, more importantly, that the Sponsor has chosen the correct Code.  If the UK Border Agency is of the opinion the incorrect code has been chosen, or the job does not meet the criteria outlined on the Code of Practice the request for the restricted Certificate of Sponsorship will be refused. 

For more information, please contact:  Nicolas Rollason, Head of Immigration, on: +44 (0)20 7814 1200 or nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk.

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